"I don’t necessarily think there’s a road map,” Presti said. "Every team at some point has to transition their ballclub. I think this year will tell us a lot. This year is important for us in terms of understanding where we are and learning about our team.”
Earl Watson said the Thunder’s rebuilding phase is over.
"Last year you could say we were definitely rebuilding, losing Ray Allen and losing Rashard Lewis, with a new coaching staff and new management,” Watson said. "Last year was the season for us to get experience and the season for guys to grow as players. Right now, I think the moves they made shows we’re not rebuilding anymore.”
Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo agreed, saying the Thunder is now building.
"Right now we’re identifying pieces we feel good about being able to win going forward and continuing to improve,” Carlesimo said.
Presti now offers only a slight grin at the mention of last year’s joke.
"You can’t let things like that bother you,” Presti said. "I didn’t have a lot of time for it last year, quite frankly.”